To dream of hot water represents the exacerbation or worsening of problems. Negative emotions that are being encouraged. It may also reflect a heightened sense of uncertainty or fear. A sign that a problem has been neglected or allowed to increase in severity. Relationships that feel tension or anger worsening.
To dream of hot water being spilled on you represents feelings about exacerbated problems or negative feelings from others effecting you. Feeling that something in your life has been made worse ad “dumped” on you. Being embarrassed by something that feels terrible or dangerous.
Example: A young girl dreamed of soaking her younger brother in hot water. In waking life she was very hostile towards her brother and had gotten him into trouble.
Example 2: A woman dreamed of seeing a fish struggling in a boiling pot of water that turned into a bird when she turned down the temperature and looked at it closely. In waking life she was getting subtle feelings that a fight was going to make her boyfriend stop talking to her so she stopped arguing with him to calm him down. The dream may have been a sign that she was more concerned with achieving her goals then she was with her boyfriend’s feelings. Thew hot water in this case may have reflected her feelings about the increasing tension in the relationship.